In honor of the official first day of summer this past weekend, I’m taking the time to help you make your to-do list for the months ahead. Those of us in the Midwest have waited too long for the nice weather, and who knows how long it will last!
Join an intramural sport team
Take the boat out on the lake more often
Make my yard the best one on the block
Train for the Chicago Marathon
Get the kids to a new museum or aquarium that they haven’t been to
Visit family across the country (or world)
Fix that old bike in the shed and take it for a spin
Migrate email to Google Apps for Business
Yes, #8 is a hot one this summer, and whether you think it’s doable or not in the time you have, I’m here to tell you it is.
So many people hold off on the big projects until winter – when it’s too cold to go outside and the sun has most likely set by the time you head home. It’s about that same season that you realize you still have a budget to spend, and if you don’t use it by the end of the year, it’ll be gone. Decisions come down to time and money.
In a world where we try as hard as possible to have a respectable work-life balance, we might be nervous to dive into a large project that could require an additional amount of work beyond our already jam-packed agendas. Something as big as switching your email to a new platform seems like it would fall into that category, right? Not when you’re working with a cloud solution provider.
Migrating to the cloud is a change that’s being taken on by companies of all sizes – SMBs to enterprises – that realize the key to staying successful is to be agile. Why did these businesses choose to work with a Partner in the first place? So that instead of spending weeks learning a skill that would only be useful to their staff one time, they would be able to continue their work as normal, and still benefit from the results of the migration. Trusting a Partner allows you to get the project done faster by experts who know exactly what they’re doing.
There’s more (or less) to planning out your budget for cloud migration projects like these. Google Apps for Business, for example, is a product that is valuable beyond just the productivity and collaboration it grants your team. Even beyond it’s cost of $50 per user per year (which is cheaper than it’s competitor's price), Google’s Platform eliminates your need for servers, maintenance costs, disaster recovery sites, spam & virus filtering, storage and more. Savings like these are how HSA Commercial, a Cloudbakers client, reduced their IT spend by 63% when moving to the cloud. How much will you save without extra expenses like the ones mentioned above? That’s the real question you need to ask yourself. By taking into consideration what you’ll save in the end, you might find that it will cost more to continue with the technology environment you’re using right now.
Lesson: Don’t let your fear of spending too much time and money keep you from transforming your business -- especially when there are tools available to make the transition seamless. Solutions like Google Apps for Business are saving organizations time and money. Every day you wait to go Google is another day of productivity you’re missing out on. Spend your summer wisely!Originally published on June 24, 2014